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BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza

Happy National Pizza Day y'all!

What's your favorite type of pizza? Mine is definitely a BBQ chicken pizza--and yes I am PRO pineapple on pizza. Really I'm pro any fruit on pizza. Since I'm still stuck in a cold, snowy tundra, I though it would be fun to put a Caribbean twist on a BBQ chicken pizza and pretend I'm on vacation for a few hours.

This pizza definitely does not need to be as involved as this recipe calls for. You could easily use a store-bought crust, or pre-cooked chicken. But if you haven't made a homemade crust in a while (or ever) I highly recommend you give it a try! It's easier than you may think.

I think this could be a really fun dinner to make with the whole family, with everyone getting a job to slice, knead or mix. Perfect for a weekend or even a snow day if you're lucky enough to get those where you're at! Enjoy!


BBQ Jerk Chicken Pizza




Serves 4


Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 cups flour

  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp water

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp salt

Toppings

  • 1/2 lb chicken thighs, cleaned

  • 4 tbsp jerk seasoning

  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

  • 1/3 cup mango, chopped

  • 1 roasted red pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 avocado, slices

  • Lime wedges, for serving

Instructions

I. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt.

II. Warm the water and honey in a small pot until it reaches 110 degrees F. Add the yeast to the top of the warm water and wait 5 minutes for the mixture to become frothy.

III. Add the oil and yeast mixture to the flour and mix well using your hand. Knead 8-10 times until everything is combined. Place the dough ball in a well greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled, or 90 minutes.

IV. While the dough is rising, make the chicken. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of the jerk seasoning over the chicken, and massage until all the chicken has been covered.

V. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook through, about 6-8 minutes on each side. Let cool, slice, and set aside.

VI. Add the remaining 2 tbsp of jerk seasoning to your BBQ sauce of choice, and mix well.

VII. Once risen, knead the dough for another 60 seconds. Cut the dough in half. On a well floured surface, roll each half into a 12-14 inch circle. Place on a pizza stone or pan, and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly browned.

VIII. Spread the BBQ sauce evenly on each crust. Top with mozzarella, mango, roasted red peppers** and red onions. Broil on high for 2 minutes, or until cheese and crust have browned.

IX. Top with green onions, avocado and a squeeze of lime.

**To roast your red pepper, core it and slice into thirds. Place the pieces skin up under the broiler until softened and charred. Let cool and peel off the skin.


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